No need to head to London’s West End - Sound of Music is coming to town

A WHITBY school has been alive with the sound of music as more than 100 actors and dancers auditioned for one of the most popular musicals of all time.

Whitby Area Musical Theatre Company (WAMTC) has had the difficult task of selecting the cast of The Sound of Music from the wealth of local talent eager to take part in the show.

Julie Collinson from WAMTC said: “Over 60 young people came along, despite the atrocious weather, keen to have the opportunity to be a member of the von Trapp family. After much deliberation, matching height, colouring and vocies, the company were able to select two sets of children who will share the roles.”

Fifty adults also auditioned to take part in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and the starring role of young nun Maria will be played by Sam Wormald who theatre-goers nay remember from several other WAMTC productions - The King and I, My Fair Lady and Carousel to name a few.

Sam is head of music and drama at Robin Hood’s Bay’s Fyling Hall School but, 24 years ago when the WAMTC was known as Whitby Amateur Operatic Society, she played Gretyl, the youngest of the von Trapp children.

The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers and stars Maria a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing.

Deciding that Maria needs to learn something about the real world before she can take her vows, the Mother Superior sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp.

Arriving at the von Trapp home, Maria discovers that her new boss is cold and aloof, and his seven children virtual automatons - at least whenever the Captain is around.

Soon however, Maria ingratiates herself with the children, especially oldest daughter Liesl, who is in love with teenaged messenger boy Rolf.

As Maria herself begins to fall in love with the Captain, she rushes back to the Abbey so as not to complicate his impending marriage to a glamorous baroness.

The children insist that Maria return, the Baroness steps out of the picture, and Maria and the Captain confirm their love in the song Something Good.

Unhappily, they return home from their honeymoon shortly after the Nazis march into Austria.

Already, swastikas have been hung on the von Trapp ancestral home, and Liesl’s boyfriend Rolf has been indoctrinated in the “glories” of the Third Reich.

The biggest blow occurs when von Trapp is called back to active duty in the service of the Fuhrer.

The Captain wants nothing to do with Nazism, and he begins making plans to take himself and his family out of Austria.

The Sound of Music can be seen at Whitby Pavilion Theatre from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 10 May at 7.30pm and Saturday 11 May at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced circle £12 adults, 16 years and under £9, stalls £11 adults, 16 years and under £8 while a family ticket for the stalls admitting two adults and two children is £33.

To book call (01947) 604855.